Sunday, February 12, 2006

Avoiding another David Kelly

The government should be more mindful of history before launching vicious personal attacks on those who criticise its policies:

“I have been hit very hard by this,” said Davies this weekend. “I have been hounded. I could imagine that an academic who is subjected to attacks of this kind could do something stupid. This shows that the government has made clear that if any academic challenges government policy, it will take off the gloves.

“I can understand how David Kelly must have felt. When I first heard what Clarke had said about me, I was devastated.”

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